The Sahel Region is a priority for the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the world’s poorest countries.

Axel van Trotsenburg |

There has been a doubling in the number of developing countries that provide social safety programs to their citizens. What is causing this shift? Photo: Mohammad Al-Arief/World Bank Social safety…

Michal Rutkowski |

For the first time in history, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below 10%. The world has never been as ambitious about development as it is today. After adopting the…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |

“If we don’t take action now…the city of Nouakchott will soon be underwater.” These words, spoken by Mauritania’s Minister on Environment and Sustainable Development Amedi Camara, during a recent…

Nathalie Abu-Ata |

Specialists in Sri Lanka receive training on the InaSafe risk assessment platform. © World Bank ​​When I first heard about OpenStreetMap (OSM) – the so called Wikipedia of maps, built by…

Alanna Simpson |

​Photo: Laura B. Rawlings / World Bank It is 8 AM. The winter sun begins to appear over the gray-green mass of trees above the village of Tritriva in Madagascar’s central highlands. The courtyard…

Andrea Vermehren, Josh Martin, Laura B. Rawlings |

Join me in a Twitter Chat on why global food prices remain high on Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. ET/15:00 GMT. I'll be tweeting from @worldbanklive with hashtag #foodpriceschat. Ask questions beforehand…

José Cuesta |

Imagine you are a leader of an African country and your entire government budget for the year is $1.2 billion. That same year, an investor sells 51 percent of their stake in a huge iron ore mine…

Caroline Anstey |

Delegates, civil society members and press from around the world are set to converge in Washington for  the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings. (See the schedule of events.) The week is packed with…

Angie Gentile |